Originally Posted by luca689
Cyclosporine ophthalmic can be compounded perhaps, but I see it for veterinary use only, or from an ****** mfg direct. Make sure that if and when you order it, that your compounding pharmacy knows that is for human ophthalmic use and doesn't just send cyclosporine in liquid form. Two entirely different things. You might be able to get coupons for Restasis so that you can try it to see if it works for you, if you have not yet tried it. It doesn't work for everyone and all dry eye conditions. As far as patents go, drug companies need an incentive to develop and manufacture these drugs, regardless of the country or political persuasions thereof. It may well be that the prices are too high on the surface but since I do not know how much it cost to develop, I can't really say more about the expense. In any event, please check on the preservatives in your eye drops as well. They can make or break a patient's tolerance to any eye solutions. As far as the actual amount in each individual vial of Restasis, there are two drops worth in each vial, with some left over. In practical use, most of the time I still have some left over but I do occasionally miss, and so don't have any left over, if that helps.
I think they are only allowed to sell the Generic for pets in US, because of the patent issues and agreements with the drug companies. And the pet version might be different. Just out of curiosity do you know what the difference between the pet and human version is?
When you look at it on a per drop basis the Generic would be a better deal, but when I look at it from a point of the ml of liquid being provided the Brand is a better deal.
According to the pharamacy Restaisis provides 2 drops per 0.4ml vial and the Generic provides 75 drops per 3ml bottle. But that does not seem correct to me. If a 3ml bottle get 75 drops then a 0.4ml vial should get 10 drops per vial. A 3ml bottle provides 7.5 times more fluid than a 0.4ml vial, therefore a vial should provide 10 drops.
Is my Math wrong?
I realize as you pointed out in reality you miss your eyes and etc. and never get the actualy amont. But that would apply to vial or bottle use. I wanted to know if other Restasis users get closer to the 2 drops per vial or the 10 drops per vial.
I have to comment on the political part. Skip this paragraph if not politica. I am very aware of the drug companies need for long dated patent argument. All monopolies will make Great argument for why they need their monopoly. First, I am a liberterian, not a Republican or Democrat, because both parties support crony capatilism. I actually believe in free markets and competition. I do not belive in Nixon style price controls. But in health care including drugs there is no True Free Market. Both the supply side and demand side of the equation is skewed. Unfortuneately that discussion would be a thread into it self, so I will not go on.